My story

If you haven’t read my post Digging for treasure… (click on the colored text) it may help you to understand my journey in arriving at the following destination below;

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The following is an excerpt from my book “I go to prepare a place for you” …*

Journal entry;

Malaysia….1980…

…reading the Good News Bible…in Isaiah 1: 11…God didn’t want a religious or ritualistic relationship with people any longer…so He sent His Son Jesus to pave the way for us to be able to choose a personal relationship with the Father through Him…

Jesus said that we needed to be ‘born anew of the Spirit’ John 3: 5… And I realized this meant accepting that God had sent Jesus to bridge the gap between us and God…a gap that had been created by Adam and Eve in the garden…I also read that Jesus had accepted this task with joy in His amazing love for us…

Jesus had come to earth to take upon Himself, man’s rejection of God…I also realized that I too, not just Adam and Eve, had rejected God!

I did not give Him the relationship that He desired…Mine was one of religion and ritual… Only when I needed or wanted something did I go to Him…I did what I had been taught…rote prayers, actions and rituals to get a result… which is not what I was reading in Jesus life…Mmmmm….

Following journal entry;

…I have asked God the Father, just in quiet prayer, to have a personal relationship with Him through His Son Jesus…I accepted the amazing lengths that He went to for me…being born as one of us but conceived by the Holy Spirit, living as a man, being cruelly and brutally killed on that cross when He was God…taking on all of our rejection of Him and the Father…I asked Him to forgive me for my rejection of Him in my words, thoughts and actions…I accepted His miraculous arising from death…And His ascending into Heaven…God in all His fullness is AWESOME!

This is what it means to be ‘born anew of the Spirit’ (also known as born again)… God’s Spirit has come into a personal and intimate relationship within me… Our new adventure has just begun!

Today…

…There’s a popular belief circulating in our culture that there are many ways/paths that lead to God the Father and in spending eternity with Him. This is a deception, Jesus said continually while here on earth, that there is only one way to the Father…through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ…

This personal spiritual relationship is open and available to all… All we have to do is ask Jesus as I did above…

We have a choice & God will not interfere with our freedom in that choice… We either choose to have that personal and intimate relationship in being ‘born anew of the Spirit’ or not… Each has to make their own decision…no one can make it for you. It’s yours freely to choose…

My greatest desire and prayer…that you will spend eternity…with God the Father through His Son Jesus & know the peace this relationship brings you through His Holy Spirit…

Remember it doesn’t happen automatically as popular culture would have us believe…It takes that choice to have a relationship with Him and live out our life continually within that relationship.

 

*Excerpts taken from; “I go to prepare a place for you” John 14:2, Jennifer M. Ross, 2017, pp 19-23. Copyright all rights reserved.